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Poster: Moose Malloy Date: May 31, 2008 10:13am
Forum: movies Subject: FTP download option now missing

When viewing a movie's details, there was formerly included a link to view all download options for either HTTP or the more reliable FTP.

Sometime over the past week, the FTP option has been removed.

I recently downloaded one movie, SECRET VALLEY, via the FTP link on the page; now that link is gone. It has also been removed for any other film entry I check.

Can someone at the archive, or anyone else, explain why this is so? Perhaps it is only temporary?

I hope the FTP download option is reinstated -- downloading large files by HTTP tends to produce half-completed downloads and errors for me; FTP was always completely reliable.

Please, please bring back the option to download via FTP!!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Jun 6, 2008 4:56am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

Word from staff is that ftp uploading works as before at its usual speed, but yes, ftp downloading has changed.

Due to abuse, ftp downloads had to be throttled. Also, http makes it easier for IA to serve alternate copies of files in case of high load, individual machines crashing or other problems.

FTP still does work, just manually change the "http" in a link to "ftp" and it should be usable, but slower than before. BTW FTP was apparently a stopgap while there was a 2GB http downloading glitch, now reportedly fixed (this? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/298618 ).

To use http, if your usual browser or net connection is giving you trouble, you may be able to find a suitable http-based download manager for your setup. I'd want one with resume, for instance!

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2008-06-06 11:56:24

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Poster: Moose Malloy Date: Jun 6, 2008 4:02am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

Thank-you for responding. I appreciate your kindness very much.

Perhaps the sometimes hit-and-miss nature of HTTP downloads is due to my location - all the way to the UK. HTTP downloads may be more reliable to your U.S. users.

Oh well, we'll keep trying. Thank-you again.

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Poster: cattom Date: Jun 6, 2008 10:01am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

You can try using a download manager that allows you to resume
an interupted download.

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Poster: Moose Malloy Date: Jun 6, 2008 10:33am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

Thanks! I will look into that.

Right now I'm using Firefox3 - which adds resumable downloads to its feature set. However FF3 might not support resuming from an interrupted download. I'll check Google for some other program if the d/l trouble returns.

Thanks again!

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Poster: Greg K Date: Jun 7, 2008 5:46am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

I often use the Orbit downloader.....downloads and/or grabs just about ANYTHING on the web, and resumes broken/interrupted downloads (the program creates temporary files which pick up where the interruption happened).

http://www.orbitdownloader.com/

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Poster: Moose Malloy Date: Jun 9, 2008 5:55am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

Thanks a lot! It looks good.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Jul 20, 2008 6:15am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

I'd want one with resume, for instance!

Update: Firefox 3 has a resume feature on its downloading. I haven't properly "crash tested" it to see if it will resume even after really weird hangups, but I've seen it work a few times now after I closed the browser myself.

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Poster: Uncirculated Date: Aug 27, 2008 6:21pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

I use the Firefox 3 extension called DownThemAll

It's basically an HTTP download manager in FF, that can Resume an interrupted download. It's useful for Archive pages because you can right-click anywhere on the page and say "Down Them All", choose the file-type you're grabbing such as all the FLAC + the TXT file, make sure it has checked-off exactly the files you want, and tell it what folder to save in.

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Poster: pureannoyance Date: Jun 2, 2008 7:35am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

yes, IA needs to keep the FTP d/l

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Poster: Modstar Date: Jun 3, 2008 11:23am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

Yes, please put the FTP back up. I am completely unable to download to my Mac without using these files (any advice on this?) and I am feeling anxious and extremely helpless!!

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Poster: Moose Malloy Date: Jun 5, 2008 6:38am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: FTP download option now missing

This works **sometimes**.

When you are viewing the film entry you wish -- look over to the left-hand pane where the download options are. At the bottom is the link for HTTP (and where the FTP link formerly was). Click on the HTTP link.

You will/should now see a text page with download options listed. In the URL/address bar of your browser it will read something like:

http://ia300205.us.archive.org/2/items/northwest_trail/

In the above example, I am viewing the entry for the film, NORTHWEST TRAIL.

Now, again in your URL bar, change the
http://
part to read
ftp://
and press return/enter.

If you get lucky, as I did with the above entry, you will be linked to the FTP option that the old, now removed, FTP link would have brought you to.

This worked for NORTHWEST TRAIL, it has *not* worked for others I have tried. ... But it's something.

Please IA - bring back our FTP links for all movies. We need them! Downloading large files has become Russian Roulette for us without it.